Theatre Director | Creative Producer | Voice Coach
What I Do
I am a theatre director, creative producer, vocal coach and educator, with over 25 years' experience across the cultural, corporate and education sectors.
As a theatre director and performer, I've worked with national and international casts on a wide range of productions at home and abroad, and have directed work to critical and commercial acclaim in New York City as well as in theatres all over Ireland. I'm Artistic Director of Red Alchemy Theatre Company and Voice Studio, Musical Director of the female vocal sextet, Alchemy and, last year, was honoured to be appointed Writer in Residence at the Watergate Theatre.
My private studio clients have played leading roles on Broadway, the West End, and at major Irish venues including The Abbey and The Gate Theatres. As an original faculty member of the first ever musical theatre degree course in Ireland, I lectured in voice, acting and music theatre history, and I continue to be active as a guest lecturer and masterclass facilitator.
Extensive experience in directing and training for stage provides the basis for my range of Corporate Services - engagement, wellbeing, and DB&I performance & voice programmes. Our Virtual Voices programme has been successfully delivered to Women At Indeed and Glanbia, amongst others, and the Clear Speaking programme offers speaking, accent and clarity solutions to both native and non-native English speakers. Applying our clear, practical vocal and performance techniques promotes confidence and belonging in the workplace, and empowers people at all levels to become more compelling and authentic in their communication – a skill which is increasingly in demand.
Directing credits include Find Your Way Home (Symphony Space, NYC), Vincent – A Play by Leonard Nimoy (National Tour), Listen To My Heart (National Tour), The Lonesome West (National Tour), Ritual For Dolls (Mill Theatre, Dublin), and Light, Dark & Diverse (Watergate), Assassins, Cabaret, Rent, A Little Light Music (The Helix), Michael Collins, Parade, The Full Monty, Sweeney Todd (Watergate), La Bohème (Opera In The Park for Dublin City Council), Putting It Together (Pavilion), The Producers, Follies (National Opera House), West Side Story (Solstice), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Millbank), Into The Woods (Draíocht), Bugsy Malone (Olympia), Annie (Olympia/Cork Opera House), Mad About Musicals (NCH), June Rodgers Show, Moonlight and Music with Rebecca Storm and Peter Corry (Solstice) and Steppin’ Out (Cork Opera House), plus almost ten years as director of the pantomime season at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin.
My early training was in Voice and Piano at the Conservatory of Music & Drama and the Royal Irish Academy of Music; I hold a first-class MA in Theatre Studies (Directing) from Dublin City University, and a Postgraduate Distinction in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship from Trinity College, Dublin. I’m an authorised instructor at Vocology in Practice - a global network of voice experts who are at the forefront of Vocal Health, Science and Pedagogy - and have completed specialised Singing for Lung Health and accredited Vocal Health First Responder training. I continue to progress my vocal health and science education, and I’m a member of AOTOS, the British Voice Association, Network Ireland (Kilkenny), and the Stephen Sondheim Society.
Originally from Dublin, I live in the beautiful medieval city of Kilkenny with my husband, the artist John O’Donoghue, our gorgeous golden retriever puppy, Ziggy, and two crazy rescue cats, Dot and Clarence!
New York Composer/Writer
Having worked with Christine over the past couple of years, I have found her to be knowledgeable and discerning regarding all things musical, with a great facility for organisation and administration.
Olivier Award Nominee, Broadway and West End Actor/Singer
Christine is someone who I completely trust. Mainly because she is honest with me and encourages me, as an actor, to take chances and make certain choices. I wouldn’t be where I am today without her help.
From her brilliant work directing the highly successful “Annie” at the Olympia Theatre and Cork Opera House, to a run of six incredible sell-out Christmas shows at the Olympia Theatre, she has been first-class. A lady of extreme charm and a highly professional approach to everything she does.
WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW...
Christine Scarry and Red Alchemy Theatre Company, in association with Kilkenny Arts Office, is honoured to present THE SONDHEIM FESTIVAL - Ireland’s first festival to celebrate the life and work of the legendary Stephen Sondheim.
The latest addition to Kilkenny’s cultural calendar, THE SONDHEIM FESTIVAL will take place over the weekend of 23-24 July, with the main events being held at the Watergate Theatre.
Events include a gala concert with Broadway legend, Liz Callaway, choral workshop, 1:1 performance masterclasses, lectures, fun quiz, family charity walk, painting in the pub, and even a millinery masterclass – all with a Sondheim twist!
Tickets for all events are now on sale from www.watergatetheatre.com
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